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For U.S. Consumers, Eating Healthy Costs More Than Eating The Usual Diet

August 4, 2011: 10:03 PM EST
Researchers from the University of Washington's Center for Public Health Nutrition found that eating a healthy diet that follows the U.S. government's Dietary Guidelines for Americans costs more than typical diets. Analysis of data from the Seattle Obesity Study showed that diets incorporating vegetables and fruits cost more than diets that include saturated fat and added sugar. For example, adding sufficient potassium to meet the requirement would cost an extra $380 each year. Study authors stressed the need for the government needs to change the food system to lower costs of healthy foods.
Mary Guiden, "Consumers who follow federal nutrition guidelines may have higher food costs, UW researchers say", University of Washington, August 04, 2011, © University of Washington
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